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19 August 2017

Review Archive: Acorn Media

AGATHA CHRISTIE'S PARTNERS IN CRIME at DVDBeaver
AGATHA RAISIN: SERIES 1 at DVDBeaver
THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES: SEASON 1 at DVDBeaver
THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES: SEASON 2 at DVDBeaver
DECLINE AND FALL at DVDBeaver
THE DELIVERY MAN at DVDBeaver
DICTE - CRIME REPORTER: SERIES 1 at DVDBeaver
DICTE - CRIME REPORTER: SERIES 2 at DVDBeaver
IN THE CLUB: SERIES 2 at DVDBeaver
THE LIVER BIRDS: COLLECTION TWO at DVDBeaver
LOADED at DVDBeaver
THE MISSING: SERIES 1 at DVDBeaver
THE MISSING: SERIES 2 at DVDBeaver
MR. AND MRS. MURDER at DVDBeaver
NEW TRICKS: SERIES 12 at DVDBeaver
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at DVDBeaver

Acorn Media seeks out DICTE - CRIME REPORTER: SERIES 2 (review)

Crime reporter Dicte returns in a second series investigating underground prostitution, diamond smuggling, sadomasochistic societies, a missing teenager, a murdered football goalie, and helps to clear detective John Wagner's name in a murder case.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

DICTE - CRIME REPORTER: SERIES 2 DVD specs:
  • Ten episodes (five cases) on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Danish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Picture Gallery

Acorn Media investigates DICTE - CRIME REPORTER: SERIES 1 (review)

Forced to give up her newborn at sixteen by her Jehovah's Witness parents, Dicte runs away to the Copenhagen and returns years later to Aarhus to cover the crime section of one of the local papers.  As she searches for the identity of the child she gave up for adoption, she also finds a number of cases hitting close to home as she becomes a thorn in the side of detective John Wagner in the search for truth.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

DICTE - CRIME REPORTER: SERIES 1 DVD specs:
  • Ten episodes (five cases) on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Danish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Picture Gallery

Omnibus Entertainment and Film Movement are INSEPARABLES (review)

Wealthy quadriplegic attorney Felipe hires his wrong-side-of-the-tracks gardener's assistant Tito to be his new therapeutic assistant.  Felipe wants someone who will not pity him, and he gets that, but the two form a deep friendship that offers both new hope and opportunities in their once dismal futures.  An Argentinian remake of THE INTOUCHABLES, based on a true story.

REVIEW LINK: Omnbius Entertainment (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

INSEPARABLES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles

Breaking Glass Pictures has a KEPT BOY (review)

When kept boy Dennis turns thirty, his sugar daddy Farleigh gives him an ultimatum to get a job or move out.  Believing that Farleigh is planning to replace him with poolboy Jasper who Farleigh has also made an assistant on his reality show, Dennis whisks Farleigh away to Columbia for a vacation to make him fall in love with him all over again only for Jasper to coincidentally show up in a dramatic comedy about love and other material things.

REVIEW LINK: Breaking Glass Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

KEPT BOY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.73:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • 2017 World Premiere MIFO Q&A
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Kino Lorber spies on THE BUREAU: SEASON 3 (review)

Having given information to the CIA in order to save his trainee agent Marina and his lover Nadia captured in Syria, French agent Paul has been captured by ISIS and is under torture.  With the Americans and the French government preferring to abandon Paul in the field rather than face scandal, Paul's team seeks ways to rescue him even though they have no idea what consequences he will face if they get him back.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

THE BUREAU DVD specs:
  • Ten episodes on three dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Trailers for all three seasons

Ruthless Studios is terrorized by CHARLOTTE (review)

A babysitter settles in for a night of horror movies and gets more than she bargained for when a creepy doll binds and gags her, forcing her to watch its own special mix of horror shorts from the producers of ALL HALLOWS' EVE, THE PORTAL, and THE INVOKING 3: PARANORMAL DIMENSIONS.

REVIEW LINK: Ruthless Studios/MVD Visual (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Compare)

CHARLOTTE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

17 August 2017

Second Sight has ELECTRIC DREAMS (review)

The eighties cult classic romantic comedy ELECTRIC DREAMS comes to Blu-ray.  When architect Miles buys a home computer system, it's interactive system starts to smoothly run his life but things become complicated as it takes on a personality of its own and is soon vying with Miles for the affections of lovely neighbor Madeline.  Lenny von Dohlen, Virginia Madsen, Maxwell Caulfield, and Bud Cort star.

REVIEW LINK: Second Sight (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

ELECTRIC DREAMS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Interview with director Steve Barron
  • Interview with writer/producer Rusty Lemorande
  • Interview with stars Virginia Madsen and Lenny von Dohlen
  • Slipcover

16 August 2017

Arrow Video stalks THE SLAYER (review)

Troubled by vivid nightmares of a monster since her childhood, Kay's artwork has taken on a surrealistic bent that appears to be a bad omen of her trip to an isolated island getaway with her husband, her brother, and his wife.  As the killings start, Kay comes to believe that the monster from her dreams has found a way into reality in this eighties slasher classic restored from the original negative after years of neglect.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region AB Blu-ray/Region 1+2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE SLAYER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director J.S. Cardone, executive in charge of production Eric Weston, and actress Carol Kottenbrook
  • Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues
  • "Nightmare Island" making-of documentary
  • "Return to Tybee Island" location featurette
  • The Tybee Post Theatre Experience (audio track with the Tybee audience screening from June 2017) as well as introduction by director J.S. Cardone and post-screening Q&A with 2nd Unit Cinematographer Arledge Armenaki
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Collector's Booklet with the FIRST PRESSING ONLY


Kino Lorber asks WHO'S CRAZY? (review)

The long-lost experimental film WHO'S CRAZY? comes to Blu-ray in a new Film Anthology Archives restoration.  Members of The Living Theatre, then looking for work in Paris after trouble with the authorities in New York, play a band of asylum inmates who escape a broken-down transport bus into the snow and seek shelter in an abandoned farmhouse where they form their own world from scratch to the accompaniment of Ornette Coleman and his trio and the vocals of Marianne Faithful and Nino Ferrer.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

WHO'S CRAZY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Burnt-in French subtitles and optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Tempo International: France - 'David, Moffett & Ornette'" 1966 television production
  • Q&A with Director Thomas White, March 11th 2017 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Trailer
  • Essay booklet by Adam Shatz (Contributing Editor at the London Review of Books)

14 August 2017

Code Red plays HIDE AND GO SHRIEK (Review)

When eight teenagers decide to celebrate their high school graduation by spending the night partying in a furniture store, a game of hide and seek turns deadly as a killer starts picking them off in this eighties slasher classic.

REVIEW LINK: Code Red Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

HIDE AND GO SHRIEK Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Interview with director Skip Schoolnik
  • Interview with actor Jerry Levine
  • Interview with producer Dimitri Villard
  • Unrated Scene (from tape source)
  • Theatrical Trailer
Available directly from Ronin Flix, Code Red's Big Cartel, and Screen Archives.

BRINKvision warns DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (review)

The original DON'T film DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT comes to Blu-ray.  Nurse Charlotte comes to work at the Stephens Santarium but it soon becomes apparent that something is very wrong with the patients and the staff.  In the director's son's 2015 sequel, a patient from the original massacre is transferred to the Green Park Clinic and awakens murderous ghosts of the past.


REVIEW LINK: BRINKvision (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT/DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT 2 Blu-ray specs:
  • Don't Look in the Basement (1973):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-2 1.37:1 pillarboxed widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Audio Commentary by director's son Tony Brownrigg
    • Restoration Demo
    • Trailer
  • Don't Look in the Basement 2 (2015):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-2 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Audio Commentary by director Tony Brownrigg
    • Behind the Scenes (70 minutes)
    • Trailer
  • Slipcover
  • Seven-page booklet

Redemption Films toys with KILLER BARBYS (review)

Jess Franco goes punk with the band Killer Barbies whose van breaks down along a lonely Spanish country road.  Accepting the hospitality of a countess and her servant to stay in her creepy castle, they are unaware that the countess needs life fluids to retain her youth.  Maria Angela Giordano and Aldo Sambrell star.

REVIEW LINK: Redemption Films/Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

KILLER BARBYS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • Spanish DTS 2.0 stereo; English DTS 2.0 stereo; French DTS 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth

13 August 2017

Garagehouse Pictures fears THE INTRUDER (review)

The long-lost 1975 thriller from actor/director Chris Robinson is another take on the TEN LITTLE INDIANS formula as relatives of a dead man are summoned to an island in search of lost gold but end up being picked off by a killer.  Chris Robinson, Mickey Rooney, Yvonne de Carlo, and Ted Cassidy star.

REVIEW LINK: Garagehouse Pictures (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE INTRUDER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director/star Chris Robinson
  • 2008 Video Interview with Chris Robinson
  • Previews

Vinegar Syndrome takes a SNAPSHOT (Review)

Sigrid Thornton and Chantal Contouri star in this classy slice of Ozploitation in which a dowdy hairdresser becomes an overnight success as a model in a topless ad campaign but discovers that fame has a price, as well as a stalker.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

SNAPSHOT Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Simon Wincer, producer Tony Ginnane, actress Sigrid Thornton, and cinematographer Vincent Monton
  • Longer Australian theatrical cut (from video master)
  • Interview with producer Tony Ginnane
  • "Not Quite Hollywood" extended interviews with Simon Wincer, Sigrid Thornton, Tony Ginnane, Vincent Monton, assistant director Tom Burstall, and actress Lynda Stoner
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • TV Spots

07 August 2017

Acorn Media probes THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES: SERIES 2 (review)

Detective Mike Shepherd, partner Kristin Sims, and the gang return in series 2 of THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES with four new cases involving a brutally-murdered rugby coach, a real poisoning in a local production of HAMLET, a severed hand found in a fishing trap, and the murder of Mike's favorite country singer.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES: SERIES 2 DVD specs:
  • Four feature-length episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Picture Gallery

Acorn Media investigates THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES: SERIES 1 (review)

Country music-loving Mike Shepherd decides to put the field in Field Investigator to investigate a mysterious death on New Zealand's far North Island and the village of Brokenwood.  Quitting big city life, he settles down as the new head investigator and finds himself unearthing old skeletons while solving new murders with the help of partner Kristin Sims, constable Sam Breen, medical examiner Gina Kadinsky, and local jack-of-all-trades Jared Morehu.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES: SERIES 1 DVD specs:
  • Four feature-length episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Interview with actors Neill Rea and Fern Sutherland
  • Interview with head writer Tim Balme
  • Picture Gallery

Film Movement has AMNESIA (review)

Marthe Keller and Max Riemelt star in this intimate drama about a reclusive German woman who has lived alone on the Ibiza coast for forty years since WWII.  Into her life comes a young German man eager to become part of the Ibiza DJ scene.  They form a friendship even though he does not know that she is also German, and he starts to discover the reasons that she has disowned her homeland.  Bruno Ganz also stars.

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

AMNESIA DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English/German Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles for the German dialogue
  • English Closed Captions for the English dialogue
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Short Film
  • Previews

Arrow Video USA resurrects RE-ANIMATOR (review)

Medical student Herbert West has a good headon his shoulders... and another one in a dish on his desk in Stuart Gordon's outrageous, gore-drenched unrated directorial debut H.P. LOVECRAFT'S RE-ANIMATOR.  Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, Robert Sampson, and David Gale star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

RE-ANIMATOR Blu-ray specs:
  • New 4K restoration
  • Disc One (Unrated Version):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, LPCM 2.0 stereo, and LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director Stuart Gordon
    • Audio Commentary by producer Brian Yuzna and cast members Bruce Abbott, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton and Robert Sampson
    • Audio Commentary by Stuart Gordon with Jesse Merlin and Graham Skipper
    • "Re-Animator Resurrectus" documentary (68 minutes)
    • Interviews:
      • director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzn
      • writer Dennis Paoli
      • composer Richard Band
      • former Fangoria editor Tony Timpone
    • Music Discussion with composer Richard Band
    • "Barbara Crampton In Conversation"
    • "The Catastrophe of Success" interview with Stuart Gordon
    • "Theatre of Blood" interview with musical lyricist Mark Nutter
    • Extended Scenes
    • Deleted Scene
    • Multi-angle Storyboards
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • TV Spots
    • Screenplay (BD-ROM Content)
  • Disc Two (Integral Version):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • "A Guide to Lovecraftian Cinema"
    • "Doug Bradley's Spine Chillers: Herbert West - Re-animator" read by Jeffrey Combs
  • Limited edition digipak packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson
  • A collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by writer Michael Gingold
  • A 92-page perfect-bound booklet containing the original 1991 comic book adaptation of the movie, reprinted in its entirety:

Scream Factory howls for TEEN WOLF TOO (Review)

Opportunist Stiles and Coach Finstock hope for lightning to strike twice when Scott Howard's cousin Todd enrolls at Hamilton College with an athletic scholarship as the newest recruit for a flagging boxing team.  Todd just wants to study science and live a normal life, but the family curse has not skipped his generation as he had hoped, and he is soon the "Big Wolf on Campus".  Jason Bateman stars.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory/Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

TEEN WOLF TOO Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Working with the Wolf" interview with director Christopher Leitch
  • "A Man of Great Stiles" interview with actor Stuart Fratkin
  • "Otherworldly" interview with actress Kim Darby
  • "Nerdy Girl Saves the Day" interview with actress Estee Chandler
  • "A Wolf in Eighties Clothing" interview with costume designer Heidi Kaczenski
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible Cover and Collector's Slipcover

Shameless Screen Entertainment discovers THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH (review)

Sergio Martino's landmark giallo that crowned George Hilton and Edwige Fenech as the king and queen of the genre comes to Blu-ray.  Returning to Vienna with her diplomat husband, Julie Wardh finds that she has more to worry about than the attentions of a sadomasochistic ex-lover when she may be the next victim of a razor-wielding sex fiend.

REVIEW LINK: Shameless Screen Entertainment (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Dark Fears Behind the Door" featurette with director Sergio Martino, producer Luciano Martino, writer Ernesto Gastaldi, and stars Edwige Fenech and George Hilton
  • "Thrills, Chills, and Cleavage" interview with director Sergio Martino
  • "The Genesis of Mrs. Wardh" visual essay on Edwige Fenech
  • Fact Track by Justin Harrries 
  • Reversible Cover
  • Shameless Numbered Edition

06 August 2017

Lightyear Entertainment solves the riddle of THE HIPPOPOTAMUS (review)

Based on the comic novel of actor Stephen Fry, THE HIPPOPOTAMUS finds burnt-out poet and recently fired dramatic critic Ted Wallace implored by his ex-lover's daughter to travel to her family estate of Swafford to investigate miracles.  Working his way back into the family by way of his godson David, Ted discovers that the people at Swafford do indeed seem to believe that there is something magical going on but he cannot believe it unless he sees it for himself, and even then...  Roger Allam, Matthew Modine, and Fiona Shaw star.

REVIEW LINK: Lightyear Entertainment (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE HIPPOPOTAMUS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "From Book to Screen"
  • Behind the Scenes
  • "British Comedy Special"
  • Q&A with Stephen Fry
  • Interview with actor Roger Allam
  • Interview with actress Fiona Shaw
  • Interview with actor Matthew Modine
  • Theatrical Trailer

04 August 2017

Kino Lorber pursues BEGGARS OF LIFE (review)

Before she was Lulu, Louise Brooks was an orphan on the run with hobos in BEGGARS OF LIFE based on the novel by Jim Tully.  When she accidentally shoots her adoptive father fending off his assault, Nancy takes to the rails with handsome tramp Jim but the two are soon under threat from vagabond Oklahoma Red and the pursuing police.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

BEGGARS OF LIFE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarbox
  • Mont Alto Orchestra Score DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • English Intertitles
  • Audio Commentary by actor William Wellman Jr.
  • Audio Commentary by Louis Brooks Society founder Thomas Gladyz
  • Ten-page essay booklet by Nick Pinkerton

03 August 2017

Wolfe Video debuts OPENING NIGHT (Review)

Topher Grace, Anne Heche, Taye Diggs, Rob Riggle, and J.C. Chasez star in this musical comedy about a stage manager contending with backstage disasters on the opening night of "One Hit Wonderland" starring J.C. Chasez (the "other guy from NSYNC").

REVIEW LINK: Wolfe Video (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

OPENING NIGHT DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Previews

Strand Releasing's I, OLGA HEPNAROVA (review)

This black-and-white film attempts to visually convey the world of Olga Hepnarova, a twenty-two year old Czech woman who one day got into her truck and plowed into a bus stop, killing eight people and injuring more than twenty in the 1960s.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

I, OLGA HEPNAROVA DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Czech Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Shout! Factory gets burned by SCORCHY (review)

Singer Connie Stevens plays a hard-as-nails cop working undercover as a one-woman charter pilot trying to bust the heroin trade.  When her chief suspect hires her to transport a statute carrying drugs, she thinks she's got him made but falls into a web of double crosses and murder.  Cesare Danova and Greg Evigan also star.

REVIEW LINK: Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

SCORCHY Blu-ray specs:
  • Uncut Theatrical Version with Home Video Score
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer

28 July 2017

Arrow Video USA presents STORMY MONDAY (review)

Tommy Lee Jones, Sting, Sean Bean, and Melanie Griffith star in Mike Figgis' feature debut STORMY MONDAY, an eighties neo-noir thriller about corruption and betrayal in Northern England.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

STORMY MONDAY Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stere
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Mike Figgis
  • "Just the Same? STORMY MONDAY 30 Years On..." featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • First Pressing Only: Booklet by critic Mark Cunliffe 

Scream Factory howls at TEEN WOLF (Review)

Just before Michael J. Fox made the leap from FAMILY TIES to Hollywood fame with BACK TO THE FUTURE, he beat out Eric Stoltz in another film lead in TEEN WOLF as a high school basketball player who goes through some very hairy changes thanks to a family curse.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

TEEN WOLF Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Never. Say. Die. The Making of TEEN WOLF" two-and-a-half-hour retrospective making-of documentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • Collector's Slipcover

Broadgreen Pictures goes from SONG TO SONG (Review)

Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, and Natalie Portman become entangled in a love triangle while chasing fame against the backdrop of the Austin, Texas music scene in Terrence Malick's SONG TO SONG.

REVIEW LINK: Broadgreen Pictures (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

SONG TO SONG Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • "The Music Behind the Movie" featurette
  • Previews

26 July 2017

Severin Films ventures BEYOND THE DARKNESS (review)

Joe D'Amato's gory tale of necrophilia and cannibalism BEYOND THE DARKNESS comes back to Blu-ray in a new uncut restoration.  When mother-fixated taxidermist Frank's girlfriend Anna dies from a voodoo-induced heart ailment (courtesy of jealous housekeeper/mother-figure Iris), Frank digs her up, disembowels her corpse, and turns her into his "love doll".  His hungers extend to any other lovely woman who stumbles across his alpine villa, and Iris helps clean up the aftermath for a price.  Music by Goblin.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

BEYOND THE DARKNESS Blu-ray/CD specs:
  • Disc One (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • "Joe D'Amato: The Horror Experience" 68 minute interview with Joe D'Amato featuring George Eastman and Donald O'Brien
    • Interview with actress Franca Stoppi
    • Interview with actress Cinzia Monreale
    • Goblin Reborn perform Buio Omega theme live in 2016
    • Locations Revisited
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two (CD):
    • 24-track CD Soundtrack by Goblin

Kino Lorber busts out of STAR SLAMMER (Review)

When miner Taura is set up for murder and sentenced to the space penal colony Vehement under the sadistic watch of Warden Exene and trustee Muffin, she must prove herself to her fellow cellmates and stage a daring escape to fight the ruthless Bantor.  Ross Hagen, Sandy Brooke, Aldo Ray, and John Carradine star in this eighties T and A throwback to forties sci-fi serials from Fred Olen Ray.


REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

STAR SLAMMER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Audio Commentary by director Fred Olen Ray
  • Previews

23 July 2017

Well Go USA probes BUSTER'S MAL HEART (review)

MR. ROBOT's Rami Malek stars as a down-trodden family man whose encounter with a mysterious conspiracy theorist (DJ Qualls) triggers a chain of events that puts him on the run from a police manhunt in mind-bending BUSTER'S MAL HEART from director Sarah Adina Smith (THE MIDNIGHT SWIM).

REVIEW LINK: Well Go USA (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

BUSTER'S MAL HEART Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Second Run's THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN (review)

Before there was Terry Gilliam the animator turned director, there was Karel Zeman, before there was Gilliam's THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN, there was Zeman's THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN combining live action and animation into a visually stunning comic adventure of moon men, sultans, princesses, pirates, and sea monsters.

REVIEW LINK: Second Run (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • Czech LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Karel Zeman - Film Adventurer" 108 minute documenary
  • "Baron Munchausen: Fibs and Facts" analysis by Michael Brooke
  • Featurettes:
    • "Karel Zeman and the World"
    • "The Birth of a Film Legend"
    • "Why Zeman Made the Film"
    • "The Cast"
    • "Zeman's Special Effects Techniques"
    • "Karel Zeman: The Legend Continues"
    • "Museum Karel Zeman"
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sixteen-page booklet by critic Graham Williamson

20 July 2017

Broadgreen Pictures explores THE LOST CITY OF Z (review)

Charlie Hunnum, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland star in this cinematic adaptation of the best-selling true story of Percy Fawcett who was sent to Bolivia to map the border with Brazil in the early twentieth century only to come to believe in myths of a legendary city that predates white civilization and his efforts against all odds to find it.

REVIEW LINK: Broadgreen Pictures (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE LOST CITY OF Z Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director James Gray
  • Featurettes:
  • "From Novel to Screen"
  • "Adventure in the Jungle"
  • Expedition Journal

Kino Lorber raises the curtain on VARIETE (review)

E.A. Dupont's Expressionist classic VARIETE comes to Blu-ray in a new 2K restoration of the original lascivious German theatrical cut which was censored by roughly twenty minutes when released in America by Paramount.  THE BLUE ANGEL's Emil Jannings plays a trapeze artist who abandons his wife and child for a young dancing girl.  Reestablishing himself and the girl as a trapeze act, they catch the eye of a more popular artist who turns them into a famous trio and then a love triangle destined for a tragic ending.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

VARIETE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • Score by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Score by Tiger Lilies in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • German Intertitles with Optional English subtitles
  • Visual Essay by Bret Wood
  • Making of the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra Score
  • Bonus film OTHELLO from 1922 with Emil Jannings and Lya de Putti

19 July 2017

Vinegar Syndrome romances MY CHAUFFEUR (review)

When restaurant dishwasher Casey Meadows lands a job as the only female chauffeur in a stuffy Hollywood limousine service, she proves up to the challenge with difficult clients and a boss looking to fire her, but she soon discover the real thin line between love and hate with an arrogant, icy, and handsome executive.  Deborah Foreman, Sam Jones, and E.G. Marshall star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

MY CHAUFFEUR Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director David Beaird and co-star Lance Crooke
  • Audio Commentary by production assistant Jeff McKay
  • "License to Drive" interview with actress Deborah Foreman
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover

Vinegar Syndrome auditions MATINEE IDOL (review)

John Leslie and Jesie St. James play porn power couple Lance Hardy and Linda Hand who have had it with one another and walk off the set.  As the producers scramble to find replacements, Linda conspires to turn her poolboy into her new onscreen leading man while Lance hits things off with a new starlet-in-the-making.  Herschel Savage, Colleen Brennan, Kay Parker, and Angel also star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

MATINEE IDOL Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Audio Interview with producer David F. Friedman
  • Theatrical Trailer

Vinegar Syndrome vows to NEVER SLEEP ALONE (review)

Tina Marie and John Leslie star as a couple with an open marriage suddenly beset by jealousy and betrayal in this early eighties masterwork from porn auteur Kemal Horulu.  Joey Silvera, Honey Wilder, and Joanna Storm also star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

NEVER SLEEP ALONE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Audio Interview with actress Joanna Storm
  • Theatrical Trailer


Scorpion Releasing counts down TEN LITTLE INDIANS (review)

Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer, and Richard Attenborough lead an all-star cat in Peter Collinson's 1975 adaptation of the popular Agatha Christie novel and play.  Eight guests and two servants are summoned to a hotel deep in the Iranian desert for a weekend party only to discover that their unseen host has declared himself judge, jury, and executioner for past crimes and is picking them off one-by-one according to the lines of a popular nursery rhyme.

REVIEW LINK: Scorpion Releasing (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

TEN LITTLE INDIANS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by film historians Nathaniel Thompson and Howard S. Berger
  • Italian Opening and Closing Credits
  • Video Trailer
  • UK Theatrical Trailer

Severin Films frames BAG BOY LOVER BOY (review)

Slow-witted New York City hotdog vendor Albert becomes the "muse" of a photographer who makes him the centerpiece of a series of fetish art photographs, but Albert desires to create art himself.  Picking up aspiring models on the street, Albert attempts to perfect his technique and make some money on the side selling 100% All American meat at the hot dog stand.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

BAG BOY LOVER BOY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by actor Theodore Bouloukos, director Andres Torres, and editor Charlie Williams
  • Trailer
  • Short Films by Jon Wachter

Intervision Picture Corp. must FEED THE LIGHT (review)

This Swedish experimental feature is a very singular take on an H.P. Lovecraft story as Sara tracks down her estranged husband and stolen child Jenny to a mysterious warehouse where the door to another dimension lies in the building's lighting system.

REVIEW LINK: Intervision Picture Corp. (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

FEED THE LIGHT Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Swedish LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Making-of
  • "The Lovecraft Influence" interview with director Henrik Moller
  • Trailer

16 July 2017

Acorn Media gets LOADED (review)

Bought out for a hundred million dollars by an American company, the quartet behind British gaming company Idyl Hands and their hit game Cat Factory are about to discover the money does not make things easier as they encounter family problems, alienated friends and lovers, and must bend to the will of their American overlords in this eight episode comedy series.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

LOADED DVD specs:
  • Eight episodes on two dual-layer discs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Picture Gallery

Breaking Glass Pictures visits LAKE ALICE (review)


When filmmaker Ryan joins his girlfriend Sarah on a Christmas vacation with her parents in snowy Lake Alice, he plans to pop the question but their first holiday together could be their last as a knife-wielding figure lurks outside around the isolated property.

REVIEW LINK: Breaking Glass Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

LAKE ALICE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Featurette
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Strand Releasing plays A WOMAN, A PART (Review)

Walking off the set of a successful television series, Anna feels as if she has nothing left to offer as an actress.  Traveling to New York during the show's haitus, Anna tries to reconnect with her old life only to discover that she is not as fondly remembered as she believed.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

A WOMAN, A PART DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with director Elisabeth Subrin
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

14 July 2017

Shout! Factory presents HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Review)

Set on the streets of Baltimore, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS lasted seven seasons and chronicles the private lives and cases of the city's homicide squad.  Richard Belzer, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor, Jon Seda, Reed Diamond, Melissa Leo, Daniel Baldwin, and Andre Braugher star.

REVIEW LINK: Shout! Factory (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD specs:
  • Seven seasons on thirty-four dual-layer DVDs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Six audio commentary tracks
  • Feature-length PBS special "Anatomy of a Homicide"
  • Behind the Scenes featurettes
  • Interviews
  • Bonus DVD featuring the TV movie HOMICIDE (2000) and three LAW AND ORDER cross-over episodes

12 July 2017

Arrow Academy declares PROPERTY IS NO LONGER A THEFT (review)

A wealthy butcher is bedeviled by a very peculiar kind of Marxist in Elio Petri's wickedly funny capitalist satire PROPERTY IS NO LONGER A THEFT.  Ugo Tognazzi, Flavio Bucci, and Daria Nicolodi star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Academy (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

PROPERTY IS NO LONGER A THEFT Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with actor Flavio Bucci
  • Interview with producer Claudio Mancini
  • Interview with make-up artist Pierantonio Mecacci
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: an illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Camilla Zamboni

Arrow Academy nabs L'ASSASSINO (review)

Overnight, Marcello Mastroianni becomes the "Ladykiller of Rome" when his sugar mama is murdered and he is the only suspect; however, there are others who have reasons to see him in prison.  The directorial debut of Elio Petri.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Academy (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

L'ASSASSINO Blu-ray/DVD combo specs: 
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Elio Petri and L'ASSASSINO" (9:41), an introduction by Italian cinema expert Pasquale Iannone
  • "Tonino Guerra: A Poet in the Movies" TV documentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Elio Petri expert Camilla Zamboni and a selection of contemporary reviews

Code Red spends ONE DARK NIGHT in the crypt (review)

High school student Meg Tilly spends a night in the crypt on a dare in ONE DARK NIGHT, a memorable slice of eighties horror.


REVIEW LINK: Code Red Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

ONE DARK NIGHT Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary
  • Audio Commentary
  • Workprint Director's Cut in Standard Definition
  • Behind the Scenes (39 minutes)
  • Interviews:
    • director Tom McLoughlin
    • actress E. G. Daily
    • producer Michael Schroeder
    • cinematographer Hal Trussell
    • actress Nancy McLoughlin
    • production designer Craig Stearns
    • makeup effects artist Paul Clemens"
  • Photos from Paul Clemens Personal Collection"
  • Theatrical trailer  
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